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Local Laws in Myrtle Beach

State Laws

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. Penalties include a fine of more than $200 and loss of driving license both in South Carolina and your home state.
  • Open containers of beer, wine or liquor are prohibited in vehicles or any public place including streets, sidewalks, and beach areas.
  • Vehicle headlights must be on if you are operating your windshield wipers due to rain or poor road conditions.
  • Motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all times.
  • All children in a moving vehicle under the age of six years old must be restrained at all times by means appropriate for the child's age and seating location according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Discharging of fireworks is illegal within the city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand.

Cruising in Myrtle Beach
Cruising is regulated by the Myrtle Beach Police Department between 3rd Ave. S. and 21st Ave. N. on Ocean Boulevard between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from March 1 to October 1.

Myrtle Beach Animal Laws
Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. However, no animals are allowed on the beach or Ocean Boulevard between 21st Ave. N. to 13th Ave. S. of Myrtle Beach during any time of the year. No dogs are allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 15 through September 15. Horses are not allowed on the beach within city limits.


  • Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by the lifeguard.
  • Jumping or diving from piers is prohibited.
  • Only canvas rafts may be used in the ocean. Rafts must be equipped with safety ropes.
  • Swimwear is subject to city ordinances in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. It is illegal for anyone to wear a thong bathing suit. Violators will be fined